First of all, The Right Reverend George Sumner met with the congregation of the Church of the Apostles on April 2, 2017. Hence, the congregation welcomed him with open arms as he celebrated Baptism, Confirmation and Reaffirmation. Thus, his visit comes as a visible sign of our connection to the wider Church throughout the world. In addition, as a connection back through history to the Apostles themselves.
The Visit of the Bishop on April 2, 2017
The Rt. Reverend George Sumner was elected as the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas’ 7th bishop during a special election in May, 2015. He oversees the administrative needs throughout the diocese. He is the chief pastor for more than 31,000 Episcopalians, 200 clergy and 100 congregations, schools and institution.
Prior to his election, Bishop Sumner served as principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada. He was the dean of a growing seminary, and as a result, was the chief administrator responsible for strategic planning. Furthermore, Bishop Sumner encourages the young, future Episcopal priests, stewardship, relations with bishops, and oversees the clergy’s continuing education.
Due to being ordained as an Episcopal priest in western Massachusetts in 1981, Bishop Sumner has served in a variety of capacities: youth minister, missionary teacher in east Africa, curate in an inner-city Anglo-Catholic parish, vicar on a native American reservation in New Mexico and Arizona, and rector in a small town. Bishop Sumner has a Ph.D. in theology from Yale, and wrote a book about priestly callings and a commentary on Daniel. He also has a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Dr. Sumner is affiliated with the Anglican Communion Institute, a conservative think tank. During the run up to the election as Bishop, Dr. Sumner told members of the diocese attending candidates’ forums that he would continue the policies of his predecessor, Bishop Stanton, on issues of human sexuality, and was not persuaded of the merits of the plan offered by the Bishop of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Doyle, of devolving the issue of same-sex blessings to the parish.
Finally, Bishop Sumner and his wife, Stephanie, have two children.